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Advanced Software Architecture (SE 658) Course Details

Course Name: Advanced Software Architecture
Code: SE 658
Pre-requisite Course(s):
Objective: Proper software and system architecting is instrumental for ensuring that software-reliant systems achieve their business and mission goals, and satisfy required quality attributes, e.g., performance, security, safety etc. To this end, sound architecture principles and methods support developing, analyzing, and evolving systems. For a certain class of systems, it is of outmost importance that the quality attribute requirements are satisfied as severe, or even catastrophic, consequences would result otherwise, e.g., safety-critical systems. Architectural modeling, verification, validation, and evaluation have shown to be effective means to significantly increase the overall quality of the system, often significantly reducing the number of defects flowing downstream to later development phases (late detection and removal of defects cost orders of magnitude more compared to early detection of defects). Software Architecture is the discipline of designing and specifying software systems. As we move towards larger and larger (or ultra large scale) systems, having well-designed architecture and system models will be an essential element for producing software that is of high quality and feasible to maintain. Several recent trends such as the adoption of software product line engineering (SPLE) by many sectors of industry, and a move towards designing self-adaptive software that can respond to environmental changes, indicate that software architecture is becoming a more and more important part of the software process. In this course, students will study software architecture with a focus on software validation techniques that leverage architectural models. Students will learn an architectural description language, will be exposed to feature modeling for SPLE, and learn about self-adaptive software. The course will consist of some individual homework assignments, paper reviews and presentations and as well as a term project.
Content: Introduction and overview of software architecture; architectural models; software product lines and configurable software; self-adaptive software; architectural description languages; feature modeling; architecture and model-based testing
Term: Spring
Theory: 3
Application: 0
Laboratory: 0
Credit: 3
ECTS Course File: Course File
Course File:
ECTS: 7.5